[Newsbriefs] ACC Newsbriefs - November 12, 2021

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ACC Newsbriefs – November 12, 2021

Welcome to ACC Newsbriefs from the Archdiocesan Catholic Center (ACC) in Los Angeles. This weekly update (issued each Friday) brings news about the latest ministries, resources, events, workshops, etc. of the ACC departments and other entities. For more general information, please check the Archdiocesan website at:

http://www.la-archdiocese.org<http://www.la-archdiocese.org/>

or at:

http://www.lacatholics.org


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New This Week:


  1.       Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs:  Calendar of New Events


  2.       Center for Spiritual Development in Orange:  Calendar of New Events


Important Information and Continuing Events:


  3.       Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries:  Community Outreach’s Free Online Seminars, “My Father’s House:  What to Expect When a Loved One Dies, How to Prepare for Your Own Needs, From a Catholic Perspective,” Saturday, November 13


  4.       Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs:  Calendar of Upcoming Events


  5.       Memorial Mass for John August Swanson, Thursday, November 18, in Los Angeles and Online


  6.       Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at U.S.C.:  “Neighbors at the Border” Conversation on Migration and Immigration, Thursday, November 18, Online


  7.       Office of Marriage and Family Life:  Marriage Preparation Zoom Sessions in English and Spanish


  8.       Retrovaille:  Upcoming Weekend Experiences to Help Troubled Marriages


  9.       LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality:  Faith and Ministry Formation Opportunities in English y Español


10.       Los Angeles Retreat Center Community:  New Event Calendar Available


11.       Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes:  Calendar of Upcoming and Ongoing Events


12.       Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino:  Calendar of Upcoming Events


13.       Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles:  Paid Internships and Other Job Services Available


14.       California Laudato Si Accepting New Participants



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New This Week:

1.         Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs:  Calendar of New Events

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 & DECEMBER 1, 5 PM
LUX CENTER FOR CATHOLIC-JEWISH STUDIES
The Jewish People and the Church - Webinar Series
Please join the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary in Wisconsin for a two-part Jewish Studies Seminar for Christians on Wednesday, November 17 and December 1 at 5 pm PST.  The November 17 session is entitled “What Jews Do When They Pray” and will be presented by Rabbi Scott Shafrin. The December 1 session will be on “Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel: Visions of the Hebrew Prophets” and will be presented by Rabbi Noah Chertkoff.  To register for these free webinars, please visit:

www.shsst.edu/jewish-studies-seminar/<http://www.shsst.edu/jewish-studies-seminar/>

For questions, please contact frontdesk at shsst.edu<mailto:frontdesk at shsst.edu>.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 8:30 AM
NORTH AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ECUMENISTS
2021 Annual Conference
Please join the North American Academy of Ecumenists for its annual conference, held virtually again this year, on Thursday, November 18 from 8:30 am - 2 pm PST. This year’s conference theme is “Dangerous Ecumenism for a Divided World”.  For the detailed schedule and to register for this free online conference, please visit:

www.ecumenists.org/calendar/2021-annual-conference<http://www.ecumenists.org/calendar/2021-annual-conference>

For questions, please email contact at ecumenists.org<mailto:contact at ecumenists.org>.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 9:00 AM
ABRAHAMIC REUNION
Unity Prayer for the Holy Land
Please join the Abrahamic Reunion on Thursday, November 18, at 9 am PST for a multi-faith online prayer service entitled “The Prayer of Forgiveness” with peacebuilders and spiritual luminaries from Palestine and Israel. This service will feature Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Druze Prayers.  In response to this particularly difficult time, the Abrahamic Reunion will be drawing together - virtually - those women and men of the Holy Land who have dedicated their lives to creating peace and understanding.  For more information and to register, please visit:

www.abrahamicreunion.org/events/unity-prayer-the-prayer-of-forgiveness/<http://www.abrahamicreunion.org/events/unity-prayer-the-prayer-of-forgiveness/>

For questions, please contact chris at abrahamicreunion.org<mailto:chris at abrahamicreunion.org>.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1 PM - 4 PM
ISLAMIC CENTER OF HAWTHORNE
OPEN MOSQUE DAY (IN PERSON)
Registration deadline is November 13!
Please join WhyIslam Southern California and the Islamic Center of Hawthorne for its Annual Open Mosque Day on Saturday, November 20 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Islamic Center of Hawthorne, 12209 Hawthorne Way, Hawthorne, CA 90250.  Tour the facility, meet the community (limited # of attendees), Q&A session, fun activity booths and free lunch! To ensure that Covid 19 precautionary measures are taken and to accommodate guests appropriately, registration is highly encouraged! CDC guidelines will be observed and vaccination is recommended. Optional rapid test station available on site.  For more information and to register for this free in-person event, please visit:

www.eventbrite.com/e/open-mosque-day-tickets-194893681247<http://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-mosque-day-tickets-194893681247>

Please register by November 13!

For questions, please contact the Islamic Center of Hawthorne at info at ichla.org<mailto:info at ichla.org>.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 4 PM
INTERFAITH SOLIDARITY NETWORK
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Please join the Interfaith Solidarity Network for its Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, held again via Zoom this year on Sunday, November 21, from 4 - 5 pm PST.  This year’s service under the theme “Building Peace” celebrates how the respective faiths ‘raise us up’ to live our lives beyond conflict and to build peace and foster reconciliation. All are warmly invited to join!  For more information and to register for this free Zoom celebration, please visit:

interfaithsolidaritynetwork.org/interfaith-thanksgiving-service-2021/<http://interfaithsolidaritynetwork.org/interfaith-thanksgiving-service-2021/>

For questions, please email contact at interfaithsolidaritynetwork.org<mailto:contact at interfaithsolidaritynetwork.org>.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 7:30 PM
SOUTH BAY INTERFAITH
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (IN-PERSON & ONLINE)

Please join South Bay Interfaith for its Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, held in person and virtually, on Tuesday, November 23, at 7:30 pm PST at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 1940 S. Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach CA 90277.  Hosted this year by St. Lawrence Martyr Church, and planned together with the interfaith community in LA's South Bay, the 2021 service is entitled “Finding Healing and Hope Together”.  For more information on this free event, please visit:

www.facebook.com/southbayinterfaith<http://www.facebook.com/southbayinterfaith>

To participate via Zoom, which will include dialogue breakout groups, please register at:

us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvf-irrjstE9CwJmK-_UMiBLON5zIMpXkD<http://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvf-irrjstE9CwJmK-_UMiBLON5zIMpXkD>

To view the live stream, please visit:

youtu.be/0oO6jwvfzRQ<http://youtu.be/0oO6jwvfzRQ>

For questions, please contact St. Lawrence Martyr Church at (310) 316-0090.



2.         Center for Spiritual Development in Orange:  Calendar of New Events

The Center for Spiritual Development in Orange is sponsoring the following events:

The Sojourner’s Well: Refreshment for Spiritual Directors - “Blessing of Encounter”- Sat. November 20, Online
9:30 am – 12 pm, PST via Zoom
Fee: $30 Thanksgiving Special / for spiritual directors only
Sr. Jane DeLisle, CSJ, and Sr. Karen Clock, CSJ
Spiritual Direction is a sacred trust and provides a space of encounter with God for both director and directee. Join this morning of inspiration, shared story, and personal renewal as experienced spiritual directors explore the blessings, challenges and God’s invitation given to those who tend and encourage the spiritual lives of those companioned.
To register, or for more information, please contact the Center for Spiritual Development at
714-744-3172; e-mail:
TheCSD at csjorange.org<mailto:TheCSD at csjorange.org>

https://bit.ly/2YEUoDS

Exploring God’s Fidelity – Retreat Time for Women - Sun. November 21
10 am – 12pm, PST via Zoom
Fee: $20 / for women only
Sr. Sharon Becker, CSJ, and Sr. Christine Schleich, CSJ
To register, or for more information, please contact the Center for Spiritual Development at
714-744-3172; e-mail:
TheCSD at csjorange.org<mailto:TheCSD at csjorange.org>
https://bit.ly/3Hbm9VR

Abiding in Twilight: A Three-Part Advent Interlude

Series description:
The season of Advent offers a promise that light will prevail over darkness, and that hope, joy, and love are just over the horizon. During the hustle and bustle of the season, come join us for an interlude of prayer, reflection, conversation, and community as we wait in anticipation for the Dayspring of Christmas to arrive. You may sign up for individual sessions or for the entire three-part series.

Part 1 Waiting in Hope-Wednesday, December 1
Advent has only just begun, yet the world around us is already embracing Christmas. Let us resist the temptation to race through Advent and instead follow the invitation to slow down and try to hold the tension of waiting. How we wait makes all the difference. Ours is a waiting filled with hope in what–and who–is to come.
10-11:30am, PST, via Zoom
Fee: $15 for the individual session or $40 for the 3-part series
Sr. Karin Nürnberg, CSJ, and Julie Mussché
To register, or for more information, please contact the Center for Spiritual Development at
714-744-3172; e-mail:
TheCSD at csjorange.org<mailto:TheCSD at csjorange.org>
Link for series: https://bit.ly/3n2Okyi
Link for Session 1 only: https://bit.ly/3DeMCQc

Part 2 He Slumbers Not, Nor Sleeps – Wed. December 8
10-11:30am, PST, via Zoom
Fee: $15 for the individual session or $40 for the 3-part series
Julie Mussché and Sr. Karin Nürnberg, CSJ
The prophets of the Old Testament emerged during times of division, transition and exile. Their voices reverberate into our time and circumstance enveloping this Advent season with surety and promise of mercy, justice and peace. Our time together will include brief input, reflection with imagery and word, conversation and prayer.
To register, or for more information, please contact the Center for Spiritual Development at
714-744-3172; e-mail:
TheCSD at csjorange.org<mailto:TheCSD at csjorange.org>
Link for Part 2: https://bit.ly/3F7nKu5

Part 3 The Call to Prepare the Way of the Lord – Wed. December 15
10-11:30am, PST, via Zoom
Fee: $15 for the individual session or $40 for the 3-part series
Sr. Karen Clock, CSJ
On the Third Sunday of Advent, the theme is focused on John the Baptist and preparing the way of the Lord. You are invited on this Advent retreat not only to prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus on a deeper and more personal level, but also to reflect and pray with John the Baptist on the call to prepare the way of Lord for others and the world.
To register, or for more information, please contact the Center for Spiritual Development at
714-744-3172; e-mail:
TheCSD at csjorange.org<mailto:TheCSD at csjorange.org>
Link for Part 3: https://bit.ly/30bktuw



Important Information and Continuing Events:

3.         Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries:  Community Outreach’s Free Online Seminars, “My Father’s House:  What to Expect When a Loved One Dies, How to Prepare for Your Own Needs, From a Catholic Perspective,” Saturday, November 13

If you’ve ever wondered what will happen when a loved one dies or how to plan for your own passing, then don’t miss this informative, free online seminar:  “My Father’s House: What to Expect When a Loved One Dies, How to Prepare for Your Own Needs, From a Catholic Perspective.”  Presented by Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries, the seminar will be offered as follows:

Saturday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m., in English.

Saturday, November 13, at 4:00 p.m., in Spanish.

Each talk will last about 45 minutes, with a question-and-answer session to follow. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required.  Please register at:

http://www.catholiccm.org/webinars.

For more information, please contact:

outreach at catholiccm.org<mailto:outreach at catholiccm.org>

or call 213-637-7810.



4.         Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs:  Calendar of Upcoming Events

The Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs invites all to the following event:


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 9:30 AM

JOHN PAUL II CENTER FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
Webinar with Rabbi Jack Bemporad

Please join the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome for a webinar with Rabbi Jack Bemporad entitled “The Enigma of the Book of Ecclesiasticus” on Tuesday, November 16 at 9:30 am PST.

The book of Ecclesiastes is and was a controversial book not readily accepted into the Jewish Biblical Canon. Its seeming skepticism and uncertainty as to its true religious significance rendered it suspect.Numerous interpretations have been offered as to its meanings and why it was inserted into the Canon. Rabbi Jack Bemporad will discuss these interpretations and offer one of his own.

To register for this free webinar, please visit
us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsdOypqTwrGtXTU-f98VwhwiLFh1oxYPV6<http://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsdOypqTwrGtXTU-f98VwhwiLFh1oxYPV6>

For questions, please contact berrie at iie.eu<mailto:berrie at iie.eu>.



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 10 AM
OXFORD INTERFAITH FORUM - Reading Group on Psalms in Interfaith Contexts
Psalm 139 with Rabbi David Wolpe

Please join the Oxford Interfaith Forum’s International Interfaith Reading Group on Psalms in Interfaith Contexts for its second online meeting on Tuesday, November 16, at 10 am PST.

Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles will present on Psalm 139. His talk will be followed by an open discussion.

For more information and to register for this free webinar, please visit
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/psalm-139-psalms-in-interfaith-contexts-tickets-198284463167<http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/psalm-139-psalms-in-interfaith-contexts-tickets-198284463167>

For questions, please contact Thea Gomelauri at oxfordfaiths at gmail.com<mailto:oxfordfaiths at gmail.com>.



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7 PM
LOS ANGELES FAITH & ECOLOGY NETWORK
Strengthening the Faith Climate Voice in LA

Please join the newly-formed Los Angeles Faith & Ecology Network (LAFEN) and Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles for an online event on Tuesday, November 16, at 7 pm PST, focused on city, county and state sustainability goals, and ways in which the faith voice can be strengthened in crucial climate action.

Speakers for the evening are former Senator Fran Pavley, author of the 2006 far-reaching AB 32 and many other precedent-setting climate and energy bills, Senator Sydney Kamlager, California Senate District 30, Katy Young Yaroslavsky, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's Deputy for the Environment and the Arts, and Andy Shrader, Councilman Koretz's Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy & Sustainability.

For more information and to register, please visit
us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdu2qrTgqG9ewcFp2Y7NYUMP4trMhmjvi<http://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdu2qrTgqG9ewcFp2Y7NYUMP4trMhmjvi>

For questions, please contact allis at interfaithpower.org<mailto:allis at interfaithpower.org>.


wednesday, NOVEMBER 17, 5:30 PM
ACADEMY FOR JUDAIC, CHRISTIAN & ISLAMIC STUDIES
Webinar Series: Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad



Please join the Academy for Judaic, Christian & Islamic Studies and IslamiCity for the last part of a three-part webinar series entitled “Moses the Teacher, Jesus the Christ, and Muhammad the Final Prophet” on Wednesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm PT.



Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad are considered central figures in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam respectively. Despite the seeming similarity, the three religious traditions actually differ considerably in their understanding of the role and function of these key figures. The webinars will explore their respective religious significance and their relevance for today, as well as commonalities and differences between the three religious traditions. Each webinar will include a presentation by the panelists, a discussion with the responders, and questions from the audience.



For more information and to access the link for the livestream, please visit:

afjcis.org/moses-the-teacher-jesus-the-christ-muhammad-the-final-prophet/<http://afjcis.org/moses-the-teacher-jesus-the-christ-muhammad-the-final-prophet/>



For questions, please contact academy at afjcis.org<mailto:academy at afjcis.org>.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18 AT 5 PM
THE INITIATIVE - Dr. John Armstrong
"Tear Down These Walls" - Ecumenical Book Discussion

Please join The Initiative and Dr. John H. Armstrong for a book discussion of his latest release, “Tear Down These Walls: Following Jesus into Deeper Unity”. The conversations will take place on four consecutive Thursdays ending on November 18, from 5 - 6:30 pm PT. Participants can join for one or all of the sessions.

Dr. Armstrong is the founder of The Initiative, a community of Christians from many backgrounds who walk together in a covenant with Jesus and his followers so that the love of Jesus might exceed all divisions. He is the author/editor of fifteen books and a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America.
In this book, Dr. Armstrong lays out a clear framework for walking in Jesus' way of love in order to deepen unity with other Christians, as well as offering lots of practical examples of how to do so.

To register for these free book discussions, please visit
us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oduipqDwtG9GPvcZBskr9Fk_EHmAKqiXj<http://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oduipqDwtG9GPvcZBskr9Fk_EHmAKqiXj>

The book is available for purchase from Amazon in electronic or print edition, as well as directly from the publisher:
wipfandstock.com/9781725298071/tear-down-these-walls/<http://wipfandstock.com/9781725298071/tear-down-these-walls/>

For questions, please contact Scott Brill at scott at theinitiative.org<mailto:scott at theinitiative.org>.



5.         Memorial Mass for John August Swanson, Thursday, November 18, in Los Angeles and Online

Acclaimed artist John August Swanson died on Thursday, September 23.  A Memorial Mass of Resurrection for him will be celebrated on Thursday, November 18, at 9:30 a.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.  Fr. Chris Ponnet, pastor of St. Camillus Center for Pastoral Care in Los Angeles, will preside.  This Memorial Mass will also be livestreamed.  For more information, please access:

www.johnaugustswanson.com<http://www.johnaugustswanson.com>



6.         Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at U.S.C.:  “Neighbors at the Border” Conversation on Migration and Immigration, Thursday, November 18, Online

The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC presents “Neighbors at the Border,” an ecumenical conversation on migration and immigration in Christian thought moderated by Alejandra Molina of Religion News Service.  The conversation will be streamed live at 5 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, November 18, and feature Rev. Julia Lambert Fogg, Ph.D. of California Lutheran University; Rev. vănThanh Nguyễn, SVD of Catholic Theological Union at Chicago; and Rev. Erik Berrelleza, S.J., of Santa Clara University.  More information and RSVP at:

https://bit.ly/BorderNeighbors



7.         Office of Marriage and Family Life:  Marriage Preparation Zoom Sessions in English and Spanish

The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering a one-day Marriage Preparation Zoom session in English and Spanish.  This is for engaged couples and convalidation couples.  Cost is $100 per couple, and registration is required.  Once the registration process is complete, the Zoom link will be sent.

For English sessions, please contact Candy Metoyer at 213-637-7250 or at:
cmetoyer at la-archdiocese.org<mailto:cmetoyer at la-archdiocese.org>

For English, the dates are:

November 13*, 20
December 4, 11*

* For convalidation couples only

La Oficina de Matrimonio y  Familia ofrece sesiones Virtuales de Preparación Matrimonial para parejas comprometidas y parejas de convalidación. El costo de registración es de $100 por pareja. Para registrarse por favor comuníquese con: Graciela Villalobos 213-637-7561

gvillalobos at la-archdiocese.org<mailto:gvillalobos at la-archdiocese.org>.

Preparación Matrimonial en Español, Sesiones a través de Zoom

Noviembre 13, 21
Diciembre 4, 11


8.         Retrovaille:  Upcoming Weekend Experiences to Help Troubled Marriages

Are you suffering in your marriage?  Do you have trouble communicating, more frequent arguments, distance between you and your spouse, or do you each go your own way?  You're not alone.  Retrouvaille, a couples marriage ministry provides help for troubled marriages.  Take back the joy of your marriage.  Your marriage is worth it!  Retrouvaille begins with a weekend experience.  Learn the tools to communicate more effectively as a couple.  Retrouvaille has helped couples learn the tools to restore intimacy and communication in their relationship.  Upcoming dates are:

December 10-12 (Los Angeles) English *In-Person

For registration and more information, visit:

www.helpourmarriage.org<http://www.helpourmarriage.org>

or

https://lacatholics.org/retrouvaille/.



9.         LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality: Faith and Ministry Formation Opportunities in English y Español

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS | PROGRAMAS CERTIFICADOS

Pastoral Care
Classes begin Thursday, November 18
This year-long program is designed for professionals and volunteers in direct service of those suffering, as well as those who feel called to pastoral care ministry.
Info: https://crs.lmu.edu/programs/pastoralcare

NEW: Media Arts for Ministry
Classes begin Saturday, January 22
This program is designed for ministry, education, and other pastoral professionals who desire to integrate media into their work and ministry.
Info: https://crs.lmu.edu/programs/pmax

UPCOMING EVENTS | PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS

“Justice and Spirituality on Screen: Coded Bias"
Wednesday, November 10
This series engages questions of faith and culture through the lens of modern cinema. Join us for a discussion and screening of “Coded Bias”, a 2020 documentary feature film produced and directed by Shalini Kantayya.
Info: https://cal.lmu.edu/event/coded-bias

"The Inner Journey: Finding the Treasure Within" with Rev. James Clarke, Ph.D.
Wednesday, December 1, 7 p.m.
This four-part workshop will help participants to uncover some traditional ways of entering the interior sanctum of the soul. Each session will offer some input, stories, prayer forms and time for reflection and specific opportunities to do your own inner work.
Info: https://cal.lmu.edu/event/the-inner-journey-workshop

“Justice and Spirituality on Screen: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
Wednesday, December 1
This series engages questions of faith and culture through the lens of modern cinema. Join us for a discussion and screening of “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”, a 1991 feature film directed by Nicholas Meyer, and the final film featuring the entire cast of the original “Star Trek” television series.
Info: https://cal.lmu.edu/event/star-trek-vi

TRAVEL | VIAJE

Pilgrimage to Spain
May 13-22, 2022
The Center and the Loyola Institute for Spirituality invite you to mark this Ignatian Year, commemorating 500 years since the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola, by walking in the footsteps of St. Ignatius at the historic and sacred sites of Spain.
Info: https://crs.lmu.edu/programs/journeys/spain/

Peregrinación a España
13-22 de mayo de 2022
El Centro y el Loyola Institute for Spirituality lo invitan a conmemorar los 500 años de la conversión de San Ignacio de Loyola, siguiendo las huellas de este santo en los lugares históricos y sagrados de España.
Info: https://crs.lmu.edu/espanol/programas/viajes/espana/

CONACT US | CONTÁCTENOS

Phone: (310) 338-2799
Email: crs at lmu.edu<mailto:crs at lmu.edu>
Web: https://crs.lmu.edu
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/lmucrs



10.       Los Angeles Retreat Center Community:  New Event Calendar Available

In a continuing effort to pool resources for those in need of spiritual nourishment and solace, the Los Angeles Retreat Center Community—comprised of five retreat centers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles—has released an online event calendar.  The calendar provides a simple guide to prayer meetings, retreats, and other spiritual activities held at each of the five centers.  It is available at:

https://laretreatcenters.com/



Each center offers a wide variety of programs, catering to differing spiritual needs according to an individual's faith or disposition. This should make it considerably easier for individuals or groups to find events and activities that best meet their needs.



The calendar provides a listing of both online and onsite events and covers all of 2021. Details of events are available on the calendar and include links to sign up online or via telephone.



The Los Angeles Retreat Center Community offers spiritual renewal and discovery for those looking for a deeper relationship with God.



The following are the current members of LARCC, offering a choice of locations, facilities, and programs to Los Angeles area residents that are convenient wherever they live and whatever their particular faith expression:

• Holy Spirit Retreat Center (Encino) https://www.hsrcenter.com

• Mary and Joseph Retreat Center (Rancho Palos Verdes) https://maryjoseph.org

• Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center (Sierra Madre) https://materdolorosa.org

• Sacred Heart Retreat Center (Alhambra) https://sacredheartretreathouse.com

• Serra Retreat (Malibu) https://serraretreat.com

For any questions, please contact Rachel Ramirez at: 626-355-7188, Ext. 130, or at:

rramirez at materdolorosa.org<mailto:rramirez at materdolorosa.org>


11.       Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes:  Calendar of Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes has updated its website.  Find it at:

www.maryjoseph.org<http://www.maryjoseph.org>

Bring Your Own Group on Retreat in 2021 and 2022.  Mary and Joseph Retreat Center is now taking reservations to host groups.  Call to reserve their facilities and customize retreat time to fit your needs.  The Center are following local directives for health and safety, and numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing.  The Center has availability for groups to hold both day and overnight retreats.  Please call to find out more about their new guidelines and reserve a time for your retreat.  For information and reservations, contact Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed, at 310.377.4867, x258 or at:

sjongbloed at maryjoseph.org<mailto:sjongbloed at maryjoseph.org>

They are also sponsoring the following events:

Sacred Expressions: The Healing Art of Mandala Making with  Rev. Paula Vukmanic
Saturday, November 13, 2021  9:00am to Noon
The word mandala is from Sanskrit and means circle. A circle is a symbol of wholeness. The psychologist Carl G. Jung created one each morning “somehow corresponding to his inner situation at the time”. For Jung, “the mandala really is Formation, Transformation, Eternal Mind’s eternal recreation.” For me, mandala making has become a centering, healing experience of unfolding energies, a witness of a journey into the center of who I am.  I invite the same for you.  Our workshop will engage the experience of the mandala with a variety of mediums and papers.  I invite you to bring your own art materials if you so wish.  Our workshop will focus on meditative moments, creating our mandalas and learning some of the history of the mandala and current mandala projects. Come and experience this consecrated activity, in the Unity and Wholeness of God, embodied within us. The Rev. Paula recently retired as Rector of St Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates. In this new season, Paula is reengaging mandala making as part of her spiritual practice and ministry. She is also a professional artist and has exhibited in galleries for years. Paula has given workshops on the mandala and taught plein aire painting.
Cost: $40 per person (all materials included)
Event page on website<https://maryjoseph.org/event/the-healing-art-of-mandala-making/>

Part 11 of the Path to Personal Freedom - 12 Steps: Practice Principles ~ Emotional Sobriety
Herb Kaighan, Spiritual Guide
Saturday, November 13, 2021   10:00 to 11:30 AM  Via Zoom (PST)
Step Twelve: A Practical Approach to Enlarging Our Spiritual Life | Practice of Principles: Program of recovery – Neutrality with addiction; Program for living – “Not Cured” of unmanageability. Herb’s journey includes: 7 years in Claretian seminary, a graduate education in psychology, 40 years in human resources consulting, certification as a Spiritual Director, active participation in a 12 Step Fellowship since 1984 and the publication of three books on spiritual awakening. A practitioner of Centering Prayer since 1990, Herb also facilitates a gathering (ZOOM) for Centering Prayer on the 2nd and 4th Wed. of each month. ALL are welcome to join in this experience. This 12 Step Series is a Fundraiser for the Retreat Center. Donation: $10   Zoom information and links will be emailed to you a few days before each event.
Event page on website<https://maryjoseph.org/event/part-11-of-the-path-to-personal-freedom-12-steps-practice-principles-emotional-sobriety/>

Part 15 of the Spirituality Series: Amazing Grace: Grace-Willingness, Gift-Action, Invitation-Response!
Herb Kaighan, Spiritual Guide
Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:00am to 1:00pm  Remote Via Zoom (PST)
Are you tired of serial suffering? …are you mostly “restless, irritable, and discontent”? …are you filled with chronic irritation, anxiety, or boredom? Are you regularly asking: “IS THIS ALL THERE IS??”  The text book of AA suggests: We have entered the world of the SPIRIT! We can grow in understanding and effectiveness! It will continue for our lifetime! We will discuss: responding to the GIFT of GRACE with willingness & action; finding the KEY to unlock the secret to the Step 9 Promises of …Freedom …Happiness ...REALLY!  Herb K’s journey includes: 7 years in Claretian seminary, a graduate education in psychology, 40 years in human resources consulting, certification as a Spiritual Director, 37 years of active participation in a 12 Step Fellowship and the publication of 3 books on spiritual awakening. The Spirituality Series is a Fundraiser for Mary & Joseph Retreat Center.
Donation: $25  Zoom information and links will be emailed to you a few days before each event.
Event page on website<https://maryjoseph.org/event/amazing-grace-grace-willingness-gift-action-invitation-response/>

A 12 Step Recovery Weekend ~ All Fellowships Welcome! Returning to Ourselves with John McAndrew, MA, MDiv
6:00pm Friday, December 3 to 1:30pm Sunday, December 5, 2021
Recovery is a journey of new awarenesses, acceptance, and action. This Weekend Retreat is for people whose lives have been affected by the family disease of Alcoholism/Addiction - singles, couples, all Fellowships welcome! Utilizing the foundations of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, we'll consider the Principles of Recovery as stepping stones to a new freedom, healthier relationships, and a life of joyful service. Bring your Big Book, 12&12 - and your partner, spouse or friends! John McAndrew is a counselor, musician, theologian, teacher, and poet in long-term recovery from the disease of addiction. Formerly Director of Spiritual Care at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, he currently resides in Arroyo Grande, California, offering spiritual counseling and coaching for individual clients, as well as providing Spiritual Care for Hospice patients. Find more about John’s ministry at www.sensiblespirituality.org<http://www.sensiblespirituality.org>
Cost: per person/shared $250; single $350; commuter $160
Event page on website<https://maryjoseph.org/event/returning-to-ourselves/>

15th Annual Nativity Exhibit: “Mixed Company ~ Visitors to the Creche”   Curator: Ellen Mintz
Monday, December 6 through Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Regular hours Sunday through Thursday are 9am-5pm; Fridays, Saturdays, 9am-9pm
Although the Birth was a private event, witnessed only by the animals who shared their shelter, word soon spread bringing visitors of all sorts. Depictions of the Birth are often populated with an interesting variety of people and animals and these add color to the story. This year we will feature many of these visitors and learn what their presence revealed about the Christmas celebration over time. Please join us for this year’s display and programs. We are delighted to open our grounds this season and to celebrate this beloved season. Call for specific hours or to arrange a program. Admission is free – Our Christmas gift to you!  We look forward to your attendance and support ~ donations are always appreciated. School groups, prayer groups, families & individuals are all welcome. Call in advance for scheduling and price quotes for docent tours or field trips. Bring your staff, office party, family or prayer group   for a holiday meal surrounded by the lights of the Christmas season. For health and safety, we will be honoring LA County Requirements & Archdiocese Health Guidelines. For more information call at (310) 377-4867 ext. 221 or email Sydne at sjongbloed at maryjoseph.org<mailto:sjongbloed at maryjoseph.org>.
Event page on website<https://maryjoseph.org/event/15th-annual-nativity-exhibit-visitors-to-the-creche/>

Sacred Expressions: The Art of Bookmaking with Ginger Doner
Saturday, January 8, 2022  9:00am to Noon
At this workshop Ginger will share her expertise to show us the process of designing, creating and completing a simple book. A handmade book, sometimes referred to as an artist's book can be inspired by images, rhythm, shape or form, movement, interactivity, memory, relationship of materials and structure to content and related to other book arts used in the making of books, such as papermaking, printmaking, letterpress, calligraphy, paper marbling, drawing and painting. Ginger is an artist whose interests include mixed media painting, glass fusing, metalsmithing & creating handmade books. Using a variety of mixed media techniques, she has created unique journals, scrapbooks & photo albums.
Cost: $40 per person (all materials included)
Event page on website<https://maryjoseph.org/event/the-art-of-bookmaking/>

Ongoing Programs Via Zoom:

Centering Prayer Group
Centering Prayer is a practice to foster our relationship with God.  It is a movement beyond conversation to communion with God.  Come and pray with us.  The Mary and Joseph Retreat Center Centering Prayer group will meet on Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).  Contact Herb Kaighan to register.  Donation.  He is at:

herbk12 at hotmail.com<mailto:herbk12 at hotmail.com>

Gratefulness Gathering with Christine Sanchirico
3rd Thursday of each month in 2021 via Zoom 4-5:30 PM (PST)
Experience, deepen, and share the power of living gratefully.  Gratefulness Gatherings are an opportunity to cultivate a space where we can explore grateful living as an orientation to life.  All are welcome to join our monthly Gratefulness Gatherings online via Zoom. We will meet on the 3rd Thursday each from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). Contact Christine Sanchirico for more information and to register at csanchirico at maryjoseph.org<mailto:csanchirico at maryjoseph.org>. Cost: Donation


For more information about any of these events, please call 310-377-4867 or access:

http://www/maryjoseph.org



12.       Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino:  Calendar of Upcoming Events

Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino is an interfaith Retreat Center offering an array of day and weekend classes, groups, and retreats. We also rent our facility to outside groups to hold their own retreats. We offer spiritual direction and space for private time available.  Please check our website:

www.hsrcenter.com<http://www.hsrcenter.com>

for more detailed information and registration.



SERIES & ONGOING PROGRAMS

-Labyrinth Walks:  December 21, 7-9pm

-International Thomas Merton Society Chapter Meetings: Third Sundays, 2-4pm

-Women at the Well: Tuesday, December 14, 10am-12noon

-Virtual Centering Prayer: Thursdays on Zoom, 10am -12noon



ONE DAY RETREATS (Saturdays)

-Introduction to the Scriptures: November 13, 10am-2pm

-Spiritual Doorways, Welcoming the Sacred into a Covid World: November 20, 9:30am-3:30pm

-Advent Silent Saturday, Centering Prayer and Silence: December 4, 9am-12noon

-An Advent Day of Poetry, Music & Mandala Making: December 4, 9:30am-3:30pm

-Advent Vespers and Harp Concert: Sunday, December 19, 7pm



EXTENDED RETREATS

-Advent Film Festival, The Grace, Mercy & Joy of Christmas Movies with Rev. Mark Villano, SP MFA: December 12-15

-New Years Retreat, Restoring Faith in the Human Race with Sr. Chris Machado & Michael O’Palco: December 30-January 1



CONTACT INFORMATION

4316 Lanai Rd., Encino, CA 91436
Phone: 818-784-4515 Fax: 818-784-0409
E-mail: officemanager at hsrcenter.com<mailto:officemanager at hsrcenter.com>



13.       Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles:  Paid Internships and Other Job Services Available

Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services (AYE) of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., has hundreds of paid internships and provides job placement, career counseling, and training opportunities through its America’s  Job Center of California (AJCC) and its Los Angeles City YouthSource Centers.  Please visit our website for the location nearest you:
www.ayela.org/contact-us<http://www.ayela.org/contact-us>



14.       California Laudato Si Accepting New Participants

“California Laudato Si” started as a continuing dialogue of California representatives to Catholic Climate Covenant's inaugural national Laudato Si conference in 2019.  Other diocesan, parish, and grassroot initiative representatives have joined in the ensuing years.  Through regular emails, events and resources are shared from around the state.  A monthly Zoom conversation furthers the commitment to the message and movement of Laudato Si, with guest speakers that have included the editor of National Catholic Reporter's Earth Beat, the founder of Green Driving America, and a representative of the Environmental Protection Agency sharing grant opportunities and educational resources.  To join the conversation and support the message of Laudato Si as the global Church engages in implementation of the Laudato Si Action Platform, please email:

creationsustainabilityawareness at outlook.com<mailto:creationsustainabilityawareness at outlook.com>



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